Amory aldermen reverse chief of police decision

By Emily Tubb/Monroe Journal

AMORY – In a special-called meeting on Dec. 17, the board of aldermen voted to reverse Ordinance 1677, returning the position of police chief back to an elected, rather than an appointed position.
“It was a roll-call vote and all voted in favor of reversing the ordinance, with the exception of Tommy Wilkerson,” said city clerk Lee Barnett.
The board also voted to appoint Ward 4 alderman Bill Lyle as police commissioner to act as a liason between the chief of police and the board.
Mayor Howard Boozer and Police Chief Ronnie Bowen declined to comment. City Attorney John Creekmore could not be reached for comment.
The issue has been a hot topic in Amory since the the board originally voted 4-1 on Dec. 4.